There are some things that are frowned upon even if they're technically legal. Like an American company that made all of its money stateside suddenly moving operations overseas to get a better tax-break, or spending all of your partner's money on booze and hookers just because you have a joint bank account. Sure, you can do it, but do you really want to the that kind of a scumbag?
The same goes for the "legal" dating ages of people in certain states. It's as young as 15 in some states around America, which isn't such a big deal if you're a 16, 17, or 18-year-old dating someone who's 15. But if you're pushing 40 and you're trying to date someone in their 20s, then you might want to pump the brakes there.
And if you still try and get rejected, you certainly shouldn't try to enlist the help of the internet to rally on your side and say you were discriminated against.
Something that 37-year-old Lucas Werner learned the hard way after he asked a 16-year-old Barista out at Starbucks.
He says the he wrote the Barista a note and asked her out to dinner and then was contacted by the Spokane Police Department which said the note was "creepy" to which Werner insists wasn't.
And he may be right, it could've been a case of miscommunication and he thought the employee was older than she was. No harm no foul.
But what he wrote on Facebook in a self-victimizing post proved that Werner does espouse some pretty creepy beliefs.
"For those who would like to call them to complain about age difference discrimination on my behalf. In brief, a barista said I was funny and that she liked me, so I politely thanked her, sat down to drink my hot chocolate, wrote her a nice note, so as not to interrupt her work schedule asking her out to dinner if she was interested and walked out, happily thanking the friendly staff and wishing them a Merry Christmas.
When I returned yesterday, a Spokane Police Officer said the note was creepy, which it wasn't, and asked me to not return because I was being banned. We already know this is because the barista was young and legal aged and I'm 37.
I did not ask her to have sex with me. I asked if she would like to have dinner sometime. Perfectly normal adult behavior. I figure, if she was 16 and flirtatious it would still be legal to ask her to dinner. You can't even work at Starbucks unless you're 16, which is the legal age to date people. This is a clear case of age discrimination. Feel free to call them to complain on my behalf."
Once the internet found his post and started commenting, that's when all hell broke loose.
It became clear that Werner was obsessed with the idea of consent and age in Washington state and kept averring that he did nothing illegal with wanting to have sex with someone 21 years younger than him and he was completely within his rights to ask her out on a date.
And then the trolls came out, who pretended to agree with Werner to get him to talk more about "age discrimination".
And then Werner started sharing links about men over 35's semen being superior to younger men's, making the whole thread ever weirder.
You can check out the entire post, which Werner has made public for now. It's unclear as to whether or not he knows he's being trolled, so you may want to check it out before he catches on that people are bewildered by his crusade-against-older-people beliefs. (h/t krem)